Early Puberty in Girls
    January 18, 2012
    Early Puberty in Girls

    Question: My 8 yr old daughter is showing signs of premature onset of pubery; she has adult-grade underarm odor, blemishes, headaches, and a few hairs under her arms. I have researched out the possibl…

    The Colic Bacteria?
    August 19, 2009
    The Colic Bacteria?

    People used to be convinced that ulcer disease was caused by stress. The treatment of ulcers turned upside down when it was discovered and then proven that they were triggered by bacteria - it wasn't …

    Vitamin Sunshine
    July 3, 2008
    Vitamin Sunshine

    An astonishing forty percent of healthy babies and toddlers in a recent study had low levels of vitamin D. Results of this important study appear in the June 2008 Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent…

    New Guidance on Febrile Seizures
    June 30, 2008
    New Guidance on Febrile Seizures

    Up to 5 percent of children will have a febrile seizure by the 5th birthday, something parents often describe as one of the most frightening moments of their lives (febrile seizures, not the 5th birth…

    Eating Fruit at School
    May 21, 2008
    Eating Fruit at School

    You can send fruit with kids to school, but how do you get them to actually eat it? I can remember trading away healthy lunch fare as a child, or just bringing home an uneaten orange in my lunch bag. …

    Play is Good for the Heart
    April 9, 2008
    Play is Good for the Heart

    Researchers at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill evaluated nearly 400 seven- to ten- year-old elementary school children to find out how much active play they were getting and whether they…

    Try This At Home
    August 21, 2003
    Try This At Home

    Medical Centers are equipped with oxygen outlets on the wall. When newborns are having trouble at birth, 100% oxygen is routinely used as part of the resuscitation efforts. But around the world, not a…

    Smoking Outside
    August 4, 2003
    Smoking Outside

    What happens when parents go outside to smoke? If parents completely ban smoking within the home, the nicotine byproducts in their baby’s urine are clearly reduced, according to a study in the Augus…

    Day Care and Colds -- Good News!
    April 12, 2002
    Day Care and Colds — Good News!

    On average, kids in day care during the first three years of their lives get about twice as many colds as their peers during those years. But each time a child fights off a cold, she develops immunity…

    Ulcers: A Pediatric Disease?
    March 25, 2002
    Ulcers: A Pediatric Disease?

    When do people “catch” ulcers? Many ulcers are caused by a type of bacteria called Helicobacter pylori. When does this infection occur? A study published in the March 16, 2002 issue of the Lancet …

    Pyloric Stenosis -- Avoiding Inevitable Surgery?
    November 5, 2001
    Pyloric Stenosis — Avoiding Inevitable Surgery?

    Many babies spit up. A few, though, gradually eject larger quantities of breastmilk or formula until they are barely keeping anything down. This can be caused by a condition called pyloric stenosis, w…

    Weight Lifting for Kids - Safe? Effective?
    June 6, 2001
    Weight Lifting for Kids – Safe? Effective?

    My 14-year-old son is gearing up for freshman high school football in the fall. Team weightlifting starts next week. Is it healthy? Can this stunt long-term growth? (more…)…

    Toddler's Snacks Predict Later Cavities
    March 20, 2001
    Toddler’s Snacks Predict Later Cavities

    Toddlers who drank lots of juice or who ate candy more than once a week were nearly twice as likely as their peers to have a mouthful of cavities by kindergarten, according to a 2001 study published i…

    SIDS Reminder
    August 16, 2000
    SIDS Reminder

    The study in the August 2000 issue of Pediatrics about the high rate of SIDS in home daycare suggests to me that this tragedy is the tip of a large iceberg. Most home daycares are unlicensed and run b…

    Driving and Teens
    April 10, 2000
    Driving and Teens

    Teenage driving is a dangerous proposition, with fatal collisions the leading cause of death in 15-19 year olds. But getting teens together in a car multiplies the risk. According to a report in the M…